13 days in Istanbul & Austria Itinerary

13 days in Istanbul & Austria Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights


Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul holiday builder tool.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Islamabad in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Salzburg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirabell Palace, examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then browse the exhibits of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Salzburg by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Salzburg to be much colder, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Innsbruck.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Innsbruck, Austria — 2 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Hofkirche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob, then enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), then explore the galleries of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Rosshutte, admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Innsbruck online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Vienna.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip

Vienna, Austria — 5 nights

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, don't miss a visit to Historic Center of Vienna, see the interesting displays at Hofburg, and explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Innsbruck to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Austria travel guide

Castles · Art Museums · Churches
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.